Tag Archives: 2014

Roundup: Maine politics for when you’re done shoveling snow

This Maine politics round-up is part of an occasional feature here at State & Capitol to give readers some quick political news tidbits that didn’t merit a full story, but are still worth noting. In the past, this sort of thing would be called a “Reporter’s Notebook,” but that phrase seems a bit … outdated.  […]

State GOP rebukes Collins’ primary challenger for Facebook comments about Michaud, Mandela

Erick Bennett, a staunch conservative who signaled his intention to run against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in the GOP primary next year, drew the stern rebuke from the state’s party chairman on Friday after several incendiary comments by Bennett began circulating on social media. Here’s a sampling of the posts, taken from Erick Bennett’s Facebook […]

For just over $25,000, you can have LePage in your living room … forever

A Limestone painter is selling a pretty big portrait of Maine’s 74th governor for a steal at $25,500.  “It’s well worth it in investment value alone,” writes Don Robertson in his Craigslist ad for the painting. “The price of everything is going up. The price of fine art is too.” The piece is acrylic, on canvas, and […]

Erick Bennett will challenge Collins from the right in Republican primary

Erick Bennett, a Portland political consultant and founder of the conservative Maine Equal Rights Center, announced Monday that he’ll run as a primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. But in an interview, Bennett seemed pretty ho-hum about whether or not he really wants to serve in the Senate. He said the primary challenge is […]

Richard Rosen opts out of race to replace Michaud in CD2

Richard Rosen — the Bucksport Republican who announced his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District in August, and reiterated his intention to run just two weeks ago — has withdrawn his hat from the ring.  In an email to the Bangor Daily News on Friday, Rosen said he has decided to continue his nearly two […]

Poliquin, Raye earn ‘young guns’ nod from NRCC

Kevin Raye and Bruce Poliquin, two GOP 2nd Congressional District hopefuls, got early nods from the National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday, a sign that top party leaders in D.C. think both candidates stand a chance at winning the open seat. Raye, a former Maine Senate President from Perry, and Poliquin, a former State Treasurer […]

Video: Michaud talks gov’s race, coming out on ‘Rachel Maddow Show’

In his first nationally televised interview since coming out of the closet, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said he didn’t want his personal life to become a talking point in the upcoming 2014 gubernatorial campaign. “I do not intend to make the governor’s personal life, or the independent’s personal life a part of the campaign, […]

Michaud wins endorsement of state employees union. Surprise!

As the 2014 election nears — sometimes its hard to remember it’s still more than a year away — we’ll be inundated with press releases and notifications that groups throughout the state have thrown their weight behind a particular candidate in a particular race. Some will be surprises, others will be predictable. For savvy political […]

Paul LePage and the “47 percent” — crunching the numbers

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN photo by Troy Bennett. UPDATE (3:53 p.m.): For a look at the response to LePage’s comment, some of which were included in a previous version of this blog post, check out the article posted this afternoon. In the meantime, let’s look at some numbers. People all over were scratching their heads […]